Bach Ma National Park is the place is total different with the rest of Hue – the formal capital of Vietnam
When travelling to Hue, all most tourists think about the city, the Citadel, the Toms of Kings, historical sites but only nearly 50 kilometers to the south of Vietnam’s former capital Hue, Bach Ma National Park prides itself on offering bold expeditions into the forest.
The park is known for its biodiversity, with more than 1,400 species of fauna and flora spread out across 37,000 hectares and guarded by a mountain peak standing 1,430 meters above sea level.
Not only the old French Colonial villas remains in the Park, when you trek down to stream inside the jungle, you will discover the collection of lakes and waterfalls along the trail that specially attract trekkers for the real adventure day a head.
The adventure starts gently with a drive up the mountain to a 2-floor roundhouse known as Vong Hai Dai that acts as viewpoint and rest-stop. The trail then winds past five pristine lakes and waterfalls.
Driving three kilometers down, you reach the starting point of the adventure to the first lake. The seven-kilometer mission is a steep descent down concrete steps and uneven rocks, with trees surrounding the narrow paths to shield you from central Vietnam’s harsh sun.
Ropes have been installed to help you negotiate cramped walkways, with rugged cliffs on one and a straight drop on the other. They will be your reliable friends throughout the four-hour trek.
Further on, danger waits in the shape of a narrow wooden ladder and an abrupt elevation change.
On the way you also can stop for resting in the biggest lakes – the third, enjoy the swimming in the Nature picnic lunch…
After seven kilometers of sweaty, unsteady steps, you reach the last stop at Do Quyen Waterfall, where throngs of ramblers settle on large rocks. The relaxing falls reward your efforts with views of far-away mountains.
Escape the jungle and car pick you up back to your city or you can enjoy overnight in the old villa hotel in the National Park.